Your Vision Therapy Eye Doctor In Solano Beach
We love helping our patients enjoy the beauty of life by improving their vision. At our vision therapy centre we treat a variety of vision problems through retraining the eyes with special exercises and activities, these patients leave our program with dramatic vision improvement, heightened school performance, and positive self esteem.
What is vision therapy?
While eyeglasses and contact lenses are effective treatments for refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia, there are other vision conditions which corrective lenses cannot fix.
Vision therapy, often referred to as “physical therapy for the eyes and brain,” is a treatment program that consists of a series of “eye exercises” or activities that are prescribed and monitored by a trained optometrist, and are used to retrain the visual system to function more efficiently. The therapy program is customized towards the visual needs of each patient, and is adjusted throughout the process to encourage further visual improvements. The human brain is remarkable in its ability to adapt to new information with remarkable speed and success. This is known as neuroplasticity, and is the guiding concept behind vision therapy’s success.
Who can benefit from vision therapy?
Healthy people with good visual acuity can still suffer from vision problems that affect their quality of life. Vision therapy has shown to be an effective method of treatment for patients of all ages and for many conditions that affect the visual system, including but not limited to:
- Oculomotor dysfunction (eye movement disorders)
- Accommodative disorders (eye focusing disorders)
- Non-strabismic binocular disorders (eye teaming disorders)
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Visual sequelae of acquired brain injury (stroke or concussion)
- Visual information processing disorders
These vision problems are treatable, and are often overlooked at visual screenings. At Sheridan Optometric Centre, we help people overcome these challenges by addressing the underlying vision problem.
Our Vision Therapy Doctor
Dr. Foyle loves optometry and has been serving Solana Beach for over 40 years. His passion for optometry started early in high school when a family friend offered him a part time job in one of largest and most prestigeous optometric practices in West Los Angeles. The job was to do lab work; learning about eye glass prescriptions, ordering lenses, managing lens inventory and making glasses. The Eye Doctor that he worked for was a stickler for quality and accuracy. Not only did young Michael excel in this new endeavor, he was made lab manager when he was a junior in high school. That was it, he found his life work and started on the fast tract to becoming an optometrist.
During his time at that practice and knowing he was going to apply to optometry school after college, many of the junior eye doctors in the practice took him under their wings and would invite Michael in the exam room when they were seeing difficult cases and interesting pathology, much like a medical intern would experience in the hospital. The senior eye doctor and practice owner was very big on patient communication and problem solving and would make sure that all of his patients were completely satisfied(the reason he had such a successful practice). This golden rule stuck with Dr. Foyle early on and probably is the number one reason why his optometry practice has been so successful!
The training that Dr. Foyle received in high school was also key in obtaining early acceptance to optometry school. With 5-6 years of practical experience, he was light years ahead of the entering optometric students with regards to practical optometry. Dr. Foyle ultimately graduated youngest in class from the Southern California College of Optometry at the age of 23. He had a great opportunity to join this large Optometric practice in LA, but he always had his heart set on living and working in North San Diego County because of the many surf trips that he made to the area while in school.
Technology continues to improve on a daily basis. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication to keep up, but Dr. Foyle stays current with all the latest new technology by attending countless hours of continuing education (CE) and seminars. In fact, he far exceeds the basic CE requirement needed to renew his license every year. This dedication helps him to stay on top of his profession and allows him to provide his patients with the best possible.
How can I enroll in vision therapy?
A comprehensive eye examination is required to determine if vision therapy is an appropriate treatment option for you and your condition. Contact our office to book an appointment and learn more about vision therapy.
How long can treatment take with vision therapy?
Effective therapy requires visual skills to be developed until they are integrated with other systems and become automatic, enabling patients to achieve their full potential. The length of treatment varies between patients depending on the complexity of their condition and the specific needs of the patient. This may take as little as 10 sessions, or it may take longer.
Success with vision therapy
Vision therapy results can vary depending on each condition and circumstance. Successful vision therapy requires active engagement from the prescribing doctor, vision therapist, patient, and parents of any children enrolled in the program. With time, consistency, and hard work, patients can experience significant improvements in symptoms and efficiency in school or work-related tasks. Many school-aged patients often report increased reading speed, reading comprehension, and performance in school overall.